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Bank of Amer­ica Chicago Marathon, Chicago, Oc­to­ber 8

GALEN RUPP be­came the first US men’s win­ner since 2002 when he took vic­tory in 2:09:20.

The 31-year-old surged clear of his ri­vals with three miles to go as he beat 2016 win­ner Abel Kirui of Kenya by 28 sec­onds with an­other Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, third.

Kenyans had won 13 of the past 14 men’s races in Chicago, with the only other win com­ing from an Ethiopian. But Rupp broke the East African dom­i­nance as he be­came the first Amer­i­can to tri­umph since Moroc­can-born Khalid Khan­nouchi took the race in 2002.

Rupp, the Lon­don Olympics 10,000m sil­ver medal­list and train­ing part­ner of Mo Farah, had been con­tent to sit in dur­ing a slow, tac­ti­cal men’s race as some of the lead­ing con­tenders like world record-holder Den­nis Kimetto and for­mer Chicago win­ner Stan­ley Bi­wott fell by the way­side.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble. I trained so hard, day in day out, so to win a big race like this in a spe­cial place which is where my dad grew up, words can’t de­scribe how good it feels,” Rupp said.

“I’ve made the mis­take in the past of go­ing too hard, too soon. So I wanted to wait as long as pos­si­ble here – the longer the bet­ter – and when I went I knew I had to put the ham­mer down, be de­ci­sive and go for the fin­ish,” the Al­berto Salazar-coached runner added.

His fin­ish­ing speed was ex­cep­tional as his 14:25 from 35km to 40km and his 6:12 from 40km to the fin­ish were the fastest ever seen in Chicago and amongst the fastest in any race in his­tory.

The women’s race was in stark con­trast to the cagey men’s race as the fe­male run­ners held a strong pace from the start in the 40th an­niver­sary of the event.

Tirunesh Dibaba proved strong­est, though, as the Ethiopian broke clear and ran the fi­nal miles alone to clock his­tory’s sixth fastest time of 2:18:31. Her PB is 2:17:56. Her 6:55 last 2195m is one of the fastest ever fin­ishes.

The Ethiopian’s top three per­for­mance av­er­age is now 2:19:01, third be­hind Paula Rad­cliffe’s 2:16:48 and Mary Keitany’s 2:18:19

“I ran with­out a pace­maker for the whole way and to set a world record you usu­ally need pace­mak­ers. But the course is very good and I’m pleased to win,” said Dibaba.

Be­hind, Brigid Kos­gei of Kenya was sec­ond in 2:20:22, while Amer­i­can Jor­dan Hasay was third in 2:20:57 as she went No.2 on the US all-time rank­ings be­hind Deena Kas­tor and ran the fastest Amer­i­can time on US soil.

The top 10 per­for­mance av­er­age for Chicago is now 2:19:45 and the sec­ond fastest be­hind Lon­don’s 2:18:26.

Tatyana McFad­den took her eighth women’s wheel­chair race vic­tory in Chicago while Mar­cel Hug suc­cess­fully de­fended his men’s wheel­chair ti­tle.

Sammi Kinghorn of Bri­tain clocked 1:43:52 in her marathon de­but for fifth in the women’s wheel­chair race.

Men: Mar: 1 G Rupp 2:09:20; 2

A Kirui (KEN) 2:09:48; 3 B Kipyego (KEN) 2:10:23; 4 S Lemma (ETH) 2:11:01; 5 S Sambu (KEN) 2:11:07;

6 K Mat­sumura (JPN) 2:11:46; 7 E Che­bii (KEN) 2:12:12; 8 Z Tadese

(ERI) 2:12:19; 9 C Der­rick 2:12:50; 10 M Shel­ley (AUS) 2:12:52; 45 PAUL PIPER 2:27:07; 59 MATTHEW SHARP 2:29:19; 61 LUKE BEEVOR 2:29:25; 65 MICHAEL HISCOTT 2:30:24; 106 PAUL GAIMSTER (M40) 2:36:04; 143 TOM BRIAN 2:39:24; 145 SHAUN LYON 2:39:30; 178 JAMES BOSHER 2:41:33; 232 AN­DREW LOW (M45) 2:44:34; 260 ALEXAN­DER BETTS 2:46:22;

273 JOSHUA ARTHUR 2:46:56; 310 AN­THONY FRYER (M40) 2:48:33; 332 AN­DREW POW­ELL (M40) 2:49:02; 335 MARTIN HEWETSON (M40) 2:49:06; 336 AN­DREW PENFOLD (M40) 2:49:06; 358 JAMES FISHBURN 2:49:40;

377 MATT HALL (M45) 2:50:41;

499 JONATHAN RAT­CLIFFE (M50) 2:53:58; 564 STEPHEN LAMB (M45) 2:55:20; 596 BRUCE RAINFORD (M45) 2:55:54; 926 STEPHEN PLUM­MER (M55) 2:59:56. 1 T Dibaba (ETH) 2:18:31; 2 B Kos­gei

(KEN) 2:20:22; 3 J Hasay 2:20:57; 4 M Perez (MEX) 2:24:44; 5 V Kip­keter (KEN) 2:28:05; 6 L Weight­man (AUS) 2:28:45; 7 M Krifchin 2:33:46; 8 A Grey 2:34:25; 9 T Ward 2:35:27; 10 B Wade 2:35:46; 43 FIONA BRIAN 2:48:47; 63 CHAR­LOTTE FIRTH 2:54:03; 126 KATE OWENS (W35) 3:03:33; 138 WENDY WEB­BER (W35) 3:04:47; 207 TRACEY ASHALL (W40) 3:11:11; 211 HE­LEN NUTTALL (W35) 3:11:23; 367 AN­DREA BAN­NER (W45) 3:19:36; 468 KATHER­INE SARGEANT (W45) 3:23:32

Galen Rupp (right): won bat­tle with

Abel Kirui

Tirunesh Dibaba: 2:18:31 vic­tory

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